Tag Archives: Outrageous Fortune

Hot Off the Press Release: The Block’s Back

This morning Three announced The Block NZ would bounce back for a new season on July 8. It will air 7.00 Sundays and 7.30 Monday-Wednesday within days of another local crowdpleaser, Westside, resuming its run. As a curtain raiser to the drama’s return, Three will screen an All-Star Family Feud special, which pits the casts […]

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Lightbox Goes Loco Over Local

Next month Lightbox will stream its first commissioned dramas, one of which it’s already renewed. “We’re really thrilled to be taking this crucial next step and investing directly in local productions,” Lightbox General Manager Hema Patel says. “New Zealanders are loyal and avid consumers of local content, and we know our customers will love these excellent series.” High […]

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Doug Coutts’ TV Preview: Filthy Rich

FILTHY RICH |TV2, 8.30 Monday Back in the 1980s as local drama production wound down at the Avalon Studios, one of the last gasps was a thing called Seekers. The basic premise was three kids vying to inherit money from a mother they never knew they had. Thirty years on, next to no drama comes […]

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Doug Coutts’ TV Preview: Westside

TV Preview: Westside | TV3, 8.30 Sunday I’m clearly disadvantaged when it comes to watching Westside – I’ve never sat through an entire episode of Outrageous Fortune. I gave it a go once, but it was two commercial breaks before I’d realised there were twins not slack continuity, and by then it was too late. I suspect you […]

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Banshee: Howler or Hit?

The first reviews are in for Sky’s new SoHo drama, Banshee, and while opinion is split over its merits, Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr gets two thumbs up as the hero. Newsday dismissed Banshee as B-grade pulp, complete with “a grizzled hero fast with his fists (and the ladies), plenty of soft porn, graphic violence, implausible plotting, […]

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HD Highlights: September 4

Series Premiere: Tricky Business (TV3, 8.30) Mercantile agents Kate and Rick have everything ahead of them, until Rick makes an ill-advised business decision that traps them deep in debt and means they have to sell up and move in with her parents. Don’t mistake this Aussie, cross-generational family drama for another Packed to the Rafters clone (complete with another […]

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An Almighty $6.9 Million for Johnsons II

An Almighty $6.9 Million for Johnsons II

NZ On Air has approved funding of $6.9 million for series two of TV3’s HD hit, The Almighty Johnsons. Thirteen more episodes of the ‘go gods’ comedy/drama have been commissioned from South Pacific Pictures for screening next year. The first series, which averaged a 9.8 rating and 25.7% share in TV3’s target 25-54 demographic, had […]

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HD World First for TV2

TV2 tonight will screen a world premiere in HD. Panic at Rock Island is a disaster telemovie co-produced by Wellington’s Gibson Group and Goalpost Pictures Australia. It won’t air on Channel Nine until later in the year, making tonight’s 8.30 broadcast a world first. About two Kiwis at a Sydney Harbour rock concert where a […]

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Fringe to Become Fringe Viewing

TV2 is soon to resurrect Fringe in a new late-night slot. The stylish paranormal hour will resume its second-season HD run next month at 10.30pm on Thursdays. The demotion comes six months after TV2 squandered Fringe’s potential by teaming it with incompatible re-runs of The Mentalist opposite TV3’s HD juggernaut line-up of Outrageous Fortune and […]

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HDTV Ratings: Outrageous Fortune

Fans of Westie hit Outrageous Fortune went wild over its series finale last night, when the six-year-old drama clocked up its highest ratings yet. An unprecedented 472,500 18-49 year-olds tuned into see how the Wests would ride off into the sunset. This equated to 28.4% of its target audience and an astonishing 51.5% channel share. […]

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